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Rabbit Goody

THE NAMESAKE

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This entirely unique and extraordinary fabric took us a year to develop with master weaver and incredible woman, Rabbit Goody, at Thistle Hill Weavers in Cherry Valley, NY. Weaving since her teen years, Rabbit, our namesake, is a much sought-after textile historian and magician with early power looms. Fascinated and intrigued by the transition from hand weaving to powered technology, Rabbit has built a mill specializing in the use of Crompton & Knowles looms that date between the 1890’s and the 1960’s. There are less than a handful of mills running these looms and no American companies remain that produce textile equipment.

Thistle Hill Weavers

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For over 26 years Thistle Hill Weavers have been producing ingrain carpet, special Jacquard’s, damask, venetian carpet, dimities, gossamer drapery, worsted camblet, baize, and woven coverlets. Rabbit Goody’s vast repertoire is possible, in part, because of her ability to make the looms do things they were never designed to do because they are mechanical rather than electronic making it possible to fabricate new machine parts and change them when necessary, giving the designers she works with unheard of flexibility.

Custom Fabric

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For the Rabbit Jacket, we developed a double weave based on a French upholstery technique that gave us the ability to create a durable, denim-like exterior while simultaneously creating a bottom layer with a more open weave structure to allow the silk and wool to bloom into a soft, sweater like interior.

Rabbit Jacket

 

When we were dreaming about what FOUR could be, we fantasized about a collection of clothing that we would keep, repair and pass down to the next generation. Tired of the endless stream of fast fashion we were craving a kind of sustainability that would endure not only from a material perspective but from a kind of design that was imbued with a timeless modernism that had form and functionality at it’s core.

Hanten Jacket

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Our inaugural garment for permanent collection, 4.1 th Rabbit Jacket, is inspired by the traditional Japanese hanten and the ritual of exchange between work and home that it embodies. As new mothers and professional working women, we felt this transitional garment that works both inside and outside the home in casual and formal scenarios, is a perfect debut. The hanten first became popular during the Edo period, especially worn by common folk in the late 18th century. Unlike other similar coat styles like the haori, the hanten wasn’t restricted to the upper classes or a particular gender. The hanten could be worn by anyone for any number of occasions both in and outside the home. Thanks to it’s durable, lightweight design, it provided both warmth and breathability, making the hanten an all season garment. Traditionally worn while studying, cooking, gardening, attending festivals or running errands, the extreme versatility has made the Hanten jacket a staple of the Japanese wardrobe even today.

4.1 The Rabbit Jacket

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Continuing in this tradition, the Rabbit Jacket has an elegant shape with a generous fit for layering and side slits for pant pocket access. Feel like going out without a bag? The oversized pockets fit all your necessities with a clean look, while 3/4 sleeves stay out of your way. The Rabbit Jacket is made of a luxuriously durable, hand-woven fabric which will maintain it’s shape and classic look without extra care. When a wash is in order it should be washed gently in cold water and hung to dry.

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"The foundation sweater is beyond a staple. I would wear it every day if I could. It’s soft, comfortable, and easy to move in. Sometimes I realize I’ve worn it several days in a row to work and I just hope no one notices!"

Nora Ishibashi, COLLECTOR

"My rabbit jacket has become one of the favorite go-to layering pieces in my wardrobe since I first bought it over a year ago. I love how timeless and well-made the garment is, with the interior being just as beautiful to look at as the exterior. I receive so many compliments every time I wear this jacket and am always quick to open it up and show off how well-considered and finished the inside is. The slightly shorter sleeve length is ideal for layering over a longer shirt sleeve or sweater, which has always been one of my favorite styling proportions in a good jacket. The fabric is warm but light enough to be worn for at least 3 seasons of the year, with a tiny little woven dot that is special but just understated enough to remain a neutral."

Summer Robbins, COLLECTOR

What a treasure! I got my beautiful shirts, and put them both on this morning and thought, oh jeez, how am i going to decide??? They're different and both PERFECT, literally a perfect fit for me, loose, baggy and comfortable, but not so wide that I look drowned. Such great fabrics, one spring, one summer, both perfection. I had a plan for this summer, to go on a month-long trip in Eastern Europe with two shirts and one pair of pants. I am just so sick of carrying things. Immediately I realized that the chambray would be the shirt to carry FOR SURE!!! I'm wearing the black wool one now and it's so cozy on this chilly day. i LOVE wool + cotton, it's from heaven. BOTH ARE, thank you so much! XXX

Amy Sillman, COLLECTOR

"The GOK black wool shirt is everything I’d hoped for. A comfort layer, stylish addition, over jeans with black hi-tops leaves me feeling fierce. I’ve made a pledge to only buy things from now on that will last forever, quality, sustainability, timeless - this ticks all the boxes, not cheap but worth every penny."

Sophie Darlington

"I am loving my sweater! I put it on immediately! Great fit, so light, soft and warm. The temperature fell into the low twenties last night so I’m again wearing it all the time. It is like wearing warm love. Project Four makes me very happy in so many ways! So thank YOU!

Sandra Scheinfeld, COLLECTOR

"I just want to say how proud I am to have been a part of this. I have been wearing my jacket the last few days for various occasions. I have received SO many compliments. I love it"

Rabbit Goody, weaver of the Rabbit Jacket fabric

"I received the second piece of your collection and had to reach out and tell you that I am so impressed. I struggle to find button down blouses that fit right, are stylish and are made of quality materials. You nailed it! It is perfect in every respect and I have received so many compliments - of course I directed everyone to your site. Thank you again for such a lovely addition to my wardrobe."

Julie Steamer, COLLECTOR

"I LOVE this sweater. Whenever I don’t know what to wear, I put it on. In addition, of course, to the many times I pull it out on purpose, thinking of it all morning as I get ready because it’s simply among the coziest, most stylish, most versatile sweaters I own. And, I adore the color. It literally goes with everything."

Danielle Shapiro

"My Rabbit Jacket is the perfect jacket right now. I can put it on while the sun is shining but the air is chilly. It goes well over most my shirts and sweaters. The best part of wearing my Rabbit Jacket is I get so many compliments!"

Patti Barkin, COLLECTOR

"I am wishing for your success. The blue shirt, I kid you not, is my favorite. Sizing is perfection in width, shoulders and I love the lower back. I have 7 closets full of clothes I no longer wear. Too trendy. Nothing fits comfortably. Love my jacket as well. And bought another shirt for my daughter as well."

Polly Murphy, COLLECTOR

"Alpaca has always been my absolute favorite fiber because it's light weight but has a loft and softness that is better than cashmere, in my opinion. I love how chunky and boxy this sweater is, without it being too warm to overheat when wearing in temperature-controlled environments. I wear it tucked into high waist jeans and it doesn't feel too bulky, or untucked to show off the hem detail, which is a flattering slightly longer length in the back."

Summer Robbins, COLLECTOR

"I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Rabbit Jacket!!! If there's one piece of clothing I'd save in a fire, this is it. It's perfection. It has a quiet, transformative magic; in it I feel confident, comfortable, and with those pockets, ready for anything. The pockets are seriously phenomenal. There is nothing this jacket cannot do- long walks, parties, work, evenings at home, days running around. The fabric is exquisite-- heirloom quality, really special, yet rugged enough that I feel fearless in it. I do not have to worry! (I also love that little bit of tactile joy in the leather button). It's basically my soulmate in a jacket. I see us growing old together. "

Tania Haddad

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